Geranium Oil for Animals
Geranium is beautiful flowering plant and the oil from this plant has many benefits for our animal companions. Geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens) is a gentle oil that can be used to repel ticks as they do not like the scent of it. A great addition to any natural tick and flea repellent. The scent is sweet and light. It is a great oil to reconnect to your feminine side and useful for females to re-balance hormone. A great oil to use diluted in a carrier oil like cold-pressed sunflower oil for skin diseases because of its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial actions. This is one of my favorite oils and I always have some on hand.
Be sure to always offer the animal the oil and let them tell you if they need it...known as Zoopharmacognosy. Offer your selection of oils to the animal based on the condition and see which they pick depending on what their body needs. How you will know is they will keep smelling the same oil and may try licking it. Once they have chosen an oil dilute with a carrier oil and then offer again in your hand. If correct the animal will lick it or continue to relax by lowering their head and closing their eyes. Most of the time all you need to do is allow them to inhale the oils and it will enter the blood stream. All you need is a little bit as dog and horses have a much greater sense of smell then we do.
If there is a skin condition then you can apply to the skin after diluting it appropriately. Make small batches as their needs and desires for essential oils change. In the wild they would eat a small amount of the herb and then return only if needed. In a perfect world we would all have a lavish garden of multiple organic herbs and allow the animals to self medicate when needed...but this is close to that if you allow the animal to use instinct to choose.
Always purchase organic and ethically sourced essential oils and herbs. You can always ask the supplier where, when, and how the oil or herb was harvested and if they can tell you and they used low heat, steam distillation then it should be a good supplier. The safest way to use essential oils are to allow our dogs and horses to tell us which they need and then stand back and be amazed by instinct and nature. This will also strengthen the bond between you and your fur child as it builds trust and understanding.